Lately With Lila | March 2019

Hey, friends!

Does anyone else feel like March was just the longest month ever? Cause I sure do! It just feels like the beginning of March was a forever ago and now we’ve finally reached the end of a long slog and whew! What a journey! But maybe that just me??? Idk but, either way, to me it felt like an eternity! And yet here we are at the end, having made it through intact and only slightly less sane than before so yay! Haha!

March was a slow month in every regard but there were some bookish bright spots! I loved two of the four books I read and I managed to nab some sweet ARCs that I’m pretty excited for! So let’s jump into the wrap-up and see what happened!

B L O G

U P D A T E S

Once again, there’s a new layout. What can I say? I’m riding that struggle bus when it comes to design. That being said, I do really like this design and I’m thinking I’m gonna stick with it so keep your fingers crossed!

You may have also noticed my new review format. It’s a little more casual and yet also much easier for me to format due to the clear, bullet pointed list style. I’m really liking this format, so I think it’ll be sticking around!

P O S T S

B O O K S

R E A D

scroll over cover to reveal my star rating

 

This month’s reading was quite a mixed bag, considering two of my reads were hits with me and the other two were DNFs. Let’s take a look…

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

This is the sequel to Ross’s debut novel, The Queen’s Rising, so I can’t say too much for fear of spoilers. That being said, I really enjoyed The Queen’s Resistance! I loved seeing all of my favorite characters again and getting to see how they grew and developed. This book is heavy on the politics and light on the action, but somehow is moves at a steadily quick pace and managed to hook my interest at every turn. Definitely a great book if you’re looking for a good political fantasy!

Level Three // History of Magic // Debut // Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Bloodleaf is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Goose Girl, which, amazingly enough, I never read before beginning this book. I’d thank god for Wikipedia, but quite frankly you don’t need to know the original tale to enjoy Bloodleaf. And I definitely enjoyed it! Fast paced and full of intrigue, Bloodleaf is an awesome book to pick up if you’re looking for a good time!

Level Two // Ravenclaw // Book With Blue On The Cover // Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

It’s so disappointing to admit this but, sadly, this was a miss for me. The characters felt flat and the plot somehow seemed kinda wooden. Unfortunately, this lead me to DNF Four Dead Queens at about 50% as I just wasn’t enjoying reading it. I might consider giving it another try sometime down the road, but at the moment, I’m just really not feelin’ it.

Level Three // Defense Against The Dark Arts // Dark Fantasy // Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

I DNFed this one two chapters in as it was really dark in an uncomfortable kinda way. I checked out some reviews to see if it gets better and turns out it doesn’t, so this is a hard pass.

B O U G H T

 

A R C S

 

Thank you to the publishing gods for their benevolence this past March!

T B R

 

Level Four // Cartomancy // Tarot Cards And Fortune Telling // The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

This is a big stretch but I heard through the grapevine that The Devouring Gray has a secondary character who’s into tarot so…*shrug*

Level Four // Dream Interpretation // A Book With Visions Or Dreams // Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

I know one of the main female characters in this one can speak to gods so that counts…right?

Level Five  (Rolled 17) // Free Space // We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

I don’t know too much about this one but what I’ve heard intrigues me!

Level Five  (Rolled 6) // Neville Longbottom // Brave Character // The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

I’m hoping this one holds up for this category but I figure it’s high fantasy so there will be at least one brave character…I hope…

Level Five  (Rolled 8) // Luna Lovegood // Diverse Read // The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

Not only is The Beast Player an #ownvoices high fantasy by a Japanese author, but I believe it was also a best seller in Japan! So it fits this category pretty well (and looks intriguing too)!

Level Five  (Rolled 5) // Dobby Is Free! // Free Choice // The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran

This is another book I know little about but am kinda interested in, so we’ll see how it works out I guess!

M O V I E S / T V

Sadly my movie/TV drought continued through March and I watched—you guessed it—nothing!

M U S I C

 

Listen

S E L E C T E D   S N I P P E T S

“i’m so tired” by Lauv and Troye Sivan // I think it must be some kind of rule that if you title a song “i’m so tired,” college students will instantly like it because… #relatable. Regardless, this song is a bop and got me feelin’ real understood.

“Navajo” by Masego // My month ended by sliding into springtime on the smooth notes of Masego’s “Navajo.” I discovered Masego through the COLORS YouTube channel (which if you haven’t checked out yet, you need to now!) and I’ve been jamming to his tunes ever since! His voice is so smooth and jazzy and his music brings the sound a sweet pop twist. Needless to say, I’m lovin’ every inch of it!

“ZORA” by Jamila Woods // Jamila Woods music never fails to make me feel empowered and proud of my Black heritage and femininity! “ZORA” continues on with that tradition. Filled with luscious Black heritage inspired imagery and full of power and confidence, “ZORA” is another tune to be inspired by.

“Love Is Love” by 070 Phi // I swear the beat and tune of this song are just the catchiest thing ever! I just discovered 070 Phi this past month, but this song tops as my favorite of his!

“it’s not u, it’s me” by Bea Miller // I ended a relationship in late February and so when I discovered this song in early March, it became my anthem! It’s such an empowering song—and a catchy one too! Plus, I love the message it teaches women! An all-around hit with me!

L I F E S T Y L E   /   O T H E R

Kalila+Stormfire-Compressed

I rarely mention it, but I do dabble in listening to podcasts every now and then. Most people are fans of true crime and/or non-fiction podcasts but, true to form, I’m a big fan of fictional fantasy and sci fi podcasts. A fantasy podcast that I’ve been loving recently is Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services. It tells the story of a young witch beginning her own business while a mysterious critic tries to dissuade community members from employing her. It’s kind of a quiet story, but it’s quite fun too! Definitely give it a listen!

L I N K S

L I F E

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The Weeping Cherry in my yard

Sadly my life has been pretty uneventful of late. I’ve been going through quite a rough patch with my mental health and that’s compounded my difficulties with my physical disability due to the sheer amount of energy required to deal with my mental health. But, on the bright side, the weather has begun to warm and flowers are starting to pop up, so hopefully I’ll be able to get outside and get fresh air on the regular soon enough! I’m hoping that spring will bring some color to my life, especially since D.C. has plenty of fun, free and/or super cheap events during spring and summer like the Cherry Blossom Festival and free events at The Kennedy Center. I’ll definitely keep y’all updated!

T E L L   M E   A L L   A B O U T   I T

  • How was your March?
  • Are you looking forward to anything in April?
  • What did you read in March and how did you like it?
  • What’s on your April TBR?

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Lila is a 25-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

8 thoughts on “Lately With Lila | March 2019

  1. I’m so excited to read Wicked Saints and The Devouring Gray this month too, they both sound so good! I’ve been listening to i’m so tired on repeat, so I’ll definitley check out your other music recs.

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    1. oh yay, i hope you enjoy the music (although i know it’s a diverse range on my list). i was so excited for wicked saints and the devouring gray that i was legit anxious about which one to pick up first! luckily my library settled it when it released the devouring gray on the evening before it was released nation-wide lol! so far i’ve been loving it—it’s definitely as atmospheric as people say!

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    1. thanks, aj! this march was unusually weird with weather in the dc area. we’d have a *really* nice day and then a week of dreary weather (ick). i’m a big fan of sun and warm weather, so i’m pretty hyped for april lol. i’m currently reading the devouring gray and i’m really loving it! i hope you enjoy it too when you get around to it!

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  2. It seems like March was a Fantasy filled month! I am very excited to pick up The Devouring Gray, despise the mixed reviews. I’ll probably post pone it to Winter, though, because I feel like I should be in the right mindset to enjoy an atmospheric read.
    BUT I’M JUST SO IN LOVE WITH YOUR PLAYLIST LAYOUT????? It’s so adorable! I should probably find something as cute for my playlist layouts, because so far it’s just a Spotify player, lol. I’ll make sure to listen to some of these songs and hopefully add them to my next monthly playlists. The fact that both Jonas Brothers and Iza are on your playlist already makes me want to give you a hug. I grew up with JoBros and their comeback was the best thing that has happened in 2019 so far. I am not even a fan of most Brazilian artists, but I do find Iza a badass queen.
    Wishing you an amazing April! Hopefully, you’ll be able to spot a lot more of beautiful trees, like the one you shared! 💞

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    1. aaaaaa lais thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️ i hope you enjoy the playlist! i just discovered iza and her music is awesome! and jobros were my childhood too! i’m so happy about their reunion—it makes 2019 feel so much brighter! and yes about march being full of fantasy—i’ve been on a massive fantasy kick for the past 2 years (broke the spell this month with the seven husbands of evelyn hugo) lol! ooooh, i hope you enjoy the devouring gray—i really, really loved it! i hope you have a lovely april too 😀

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  3. UGH I feel you so much on March lasting for 84 years… April is also king of dragging for me haha. I am sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Four Dead Queens, I am picking it up next and I hope that it works for me. Thanks for listing my discussion post, and happy reading!

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